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Refugee Detention and the Law, Episode 8 of "That's Illegal!"

In this episode of That's Illegal, GJC President Akila Radhakrishnan and Legal Fellow Kristin Smith discuss the United States' policy of refugee detention at the border, Trump's executive order on family separation, and how it all fits in the context of international law. 

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Additional Resources:

  • President Trump’s Executive Order on Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation, 83 Fed. Reg. 29, 435 (June 20, 2018)
  • 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
  • Differentiating the terms Refugees’ and Migrants’– Frequently Asked Questions, U.N. High Comm’r for Refugees (Mar. 16, 2016)
  • Detention Center guidelines as set by the UNHCR
  • The Flores Settlement and Family Separation policy explained
  • Human Rights Watch report on the “The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention.” The report is an indication of how the US is failing to follow international standards.
  • Immigration Court Backlog Tool, from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University
  • Report on US “Neglect and Abuse of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children”
  • Report on illegal criminal prosecution of asylum seekers by US state agencies 


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